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Ahhhhh! yessss! Nothing like a fine red wine in the mausoleum. So carve your turnips and stoke the bonfires to keep your demons at bay. Scant little that will help but one can fervently wish, except........you can check out anytime you like. But you can't never leave.
I buried the Siamese Cat today. He wasn't full blooded, his brother was coal black with a bent up tail. The dogs tried to save him but they were only quick enough to stop the carnage, but not to save his life. Dam. Life is hard. Sometimes.
Yesterday he was sleeping peacefully under the down-the-hill deck. Now he's sleeping peacefully under the orange tree next to Buddy.
Sorry, Cat. I'd have written it different if I had that power. Rest easy.
The chicks over at the Ladies Auxiliary Against The War would likely disagree but TWC says that the George Bush legacy will be that extra month of Daylight Savings Time he foisted on us. Good gravy, it's still dark at seven am here at the Casa. What the heck time does the sun come up in Seattle? Wait, can you see the sunrise in Seattle through the drizzle? Rim Shot. Oh, I'll get emails on that one.
Worse, despite billions of megabytes of unwanted downloads that Gates and company dumps onto my old work horse without asking, Microsoft couldn't find anyone to write a Dam Critical Update to correct the automatic change to Standard Time in XP that happened last night, a full week before it was supposed to.
Oh, and for those who keep saying GWB didn't serve his time in the Air Nationnal Guard:
And just like last time, the bureaucratic SNAFUS and idiocy cost us
billions of dollars and millions of acres.
The choppers were requested by the state Office of Emergency
Services at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, but the civilian pilots were given 24
hours to report, including eight hours to sleep.
By the time
the helicopters and pilots were ready to fly – about noon Monday – the
California Deportment of Forestry and Fire Protection didn't have the
required fire spotters to ride with them into the field.
time spotters were available, 53 minutes later, weather conditions had
gotten so bad the craft were grounded. The three choppers didn't hit
the air until Tuesday.
The Associated Press reported that the
National Guard could not use its C-130 cargo planes, which are among
the most powerful aerial firefighting weapons, because they did not
have the tanks needed to carry thousands of gallons of fire retardant –
even though they were promised four years ago.
The fires are
depressing enough without the realization that no matter what Arnie
says to the media, his lips are moving. You'd think with the extra 40 billion he's spending this year that he coulda bought a coupla planes. Or at least some new tanks.
Okay, coffee break is over, back on your heads. Me? I feel like I'm on my head, isn't today Sunday? And I'm working? Something desperately wrong with that picture my friends.
Remember rainy days in elementary school when the class would play Hangman? The teacher would begin by drawing the gallows. On a blackboard. Using chalk.
For the record, schools don't even have green boards anymore (my kids had never heard of a blackboard). Or erasers. Or chalk. Pretty sure what hangs on the classroom wall these days is called a white board or a dry erase board that you mark on using writing utensils that look like felt pens and give off a strange and rather unpleasant odor that is likely to cause lung cancer in lab rats.
Moving right along.....
Whether raining or not, play Halloween Hangman, a fun game for the whole family. Do it today.
Abolishing the federal income tax is a
priority for supporters of Ron Paul, a congressman from Texas who is running for
the Republican presidential nomination on a libertarian platform. Mr Paul
reckons it would be possible to accomplish this; fiscal rigour is central to his
Dam straight Man, I had a job before this one. Besides, every fargin' nickel you paid those boys last year was spent faster than you could read this. On something you don't like.
With our smoke-tinged sienna colored skies we missed the astronomical event of the month.
However, Kent C in Ohio did not miss it, capturing it in all its glory. Go here and then click next for a close up shot of the moon at it's closest to earth this year.
Very cool stuff.
Okay, actually TWC awoke at around zero dark thirty this morning and I
did see a big orange thing in the sky through the bedroom doors that
looked a lot like the moon. It was not as cool as Kent's moon. No pun intended.
Dashing through Sam's the other day and, of course, they already have the Christmas, er, ah, non-sectarian winter holiday stuff out on the shelves. I groused about it to the kids.....not even Halloween yet, ought to be a law, can't believe this crap, no respect, dam mercenary heathens, yada.....
Then it occurred to me that this is a market economy and Sam Walton's ghost doesn't have a pistola pressed to anyone's temple forcing them to buy Christmas lights and blow-up lawn Santas in Rocktober. If people didn't buy the stuff, the stores would stop selling it.